Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Title: " October 25, 2006 "
Acrylic & Pastel on Paper
46 x 44 1/2 inches
Michael Cross

Sunday, October 22, 2006

October 22, 2006. Second stage of painting. There will be more updates, as painting progresses.
October 21, 2006. First stage of painting. Size is 46 x 44 1/2 inches.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Place for Everything...

Someone requested a look at my studio. Since I started a new painting today (see the white corner in lower right of photo) I took a quick snapshot of the materials area in the studio. I will post some views of the painting as it progresses.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Title: "September 10"
Artist: Michael Cross
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 65 x 44.5 inches
(165 x 111 cm)
Year: 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Title: "August 11, 2006"
Medium: Acrylic on Arches Paper
Size: 65 x 44 inches
Artist: Michael Cross

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Finished Painting:
65 x 44 inches
Charcoal, Pastel, Acrylic on Arches Paper

This is a combination of my drawing and painting techniques. The lines are taken from "Comet" (in the April archives) but the spirit is more from "Tango", the painting. A real hybrid piece.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Work in Progress
Session 4:

Things are happening faster now.
Added a color wash to give more
visual layers to work with. The charcoal
lines are obscurred, but still there.
They will now get reworked to bring
them forward in the field.

Looks like another two or three steps
in the process will have it finished...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Work in Progress
Stage 3:
The drawing has been done, using charcoal and dark blue pastel. More steps will follow.

The relationship of this piece to "COMET" in the April archives is becoming visible.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Work in Progress: Session 2

The charcoal drawing is being laid on over the grid. Small paper at right is the sketch I'm working from.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Work in Progress
Here is a new piece, just started. We'll see how it develops... or if it does.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

72 x 52 inches
acrylic, charcoal & oil on canvas
Year: 2006

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Chuck Close at the Modern Art Museum, Ft. Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has installed a great exhibit of printmaking by artist Chuck Close. Friends had recommended this show, and I'm glad they did, because ordinarily it's painting shows that really get me in the door of a museum. In fact, I was going to see the Sean Scully exhibit "Wall of Light", which was very good, but the Close show was an education!

Name a printing technique, and it's probably represented here. Woodblock, mezzotint, silkscreen, aquatint, lithography, linocut, paper pulp, etching... and on and on. One gallery even has the progressive stages of a woodblock print, the original painting it's made from, and a large silk tapestry of the same painting. There is an example of a large portrait made into a silkscreen, using 128 separate colors. This means 128 separate screens are printed on the same sheet of paper to make one print. The resulting prints are shown in stages of printing the screens, 10 at a time (i.e., State I includes screen 1-10, State II screens, 11-20, etc.).

This is a real chance to get into the labor intensive process the artist and his collaborating master woodcarvers, metalworkers, and printmakers must go through to produce artwork. The results are beautiful and stunning. I'll go back, since this exhibit, organized by the Blaffer Gallery in Houston, continues through at least June. Check the museum website above for details.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

65 X 44 inches
charcoal & china pencil on paper

Thursday, May 11, 2006

12 x 9 in.
Acrylic & Ash on Paper

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Acrylic and Ash on Canvas
Size: 49 x 94 inches

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Title: "January 11, 2006 Version 2"
45 x 48 in.
Charcoal & Pastel on Arches Paper

Friday, May 05, 2006

"Coney Island"
Acrylic on Paper
57.5 x 44.5 in.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"Two Grey Hills"
Acrylic on Canvas, 72 x 53 in.

"Tiny Bubbles"
Michael Cross

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

"Seen One"
20 x 16 in.
Acrylic & Ash on Canvas

Sunday, April 30, 2006

This painting is titled "Comet". It's on paper, 65 x 44 inches. From this I will produce a line drawing of the painting, similar to other pairs on my website. If you go to you can see two versions of the painting "January 11, 2006": the "spontaneous" one and its line drawing.

Trying to get a handle on what's known and not known by the artist when starting an abstraction. Doing the drawing afterward might uncover hidden patterns common to the body of work. Don't know.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Living off the Grid

My reason for investigating patterns in my own paintings by doing black and white drawings of them is to actually question the whole idea of ANY artwork being "spontaneous". If there are patterns in the work of an artist, such as those found by using fractal geometry on the pieces, then isn't the artist aware of that, at least on some level of conciousness? Maybe the eventual matching of the appearance of the work-in-progress with the (hidden) mental image in the artist's mind is what causes a work to be judged "finished" by the artist.

Friday, February 10, 2006

This is where we can toss around ideas about art, mostly, or ideas about other topics in our contemporary world. Lately I'm interested in the articles in NATURE and the New York Times about authenticating the "newly found" Pollock paintings. Computer technology meets abstract primal paint tossin'. What a concept. More to say on that soon, but for now, welcome!